Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat American Frances Tiafoe in the second round of the Tokyo Olympics. Tsitsipas got the better of the American in straight sets 6-3,6-4 comfortably and in doing so, becomes the first Greek man to reach the Round of 16 at an Olympics in over 120 years.
Tsitsipas is one of the best players on tour currently and has shown his class this clay season. He was the best player and won 2 titles and also reached the final of Roland Garros, where he went down fighting to world no.1, Novak Djokovic. This week, he is chasing history to become the first Greek gold medalist in the event in Olympics.
The Greek last played Wimbledon where he was beaten in the very first round by Tiafoe and hence, Tsitsipas wanted to take revenge from the American and he did so. He started the first set on a positive note and was serving better than his first round match. He was playing percentage tennis and wasn’t taking undue risk. He got the opportunity midway in the set and broke Tiafoe. He consolidated his break and won the opening set 6-3.
Tiafoe wasn’t able to produce the baseline shots he did three weeks back at Wimbledon against the Greek. Tsitsipas looked prepared this time and had answers for Tiafoe’s baseline shots. The American also missed volleys, which suited Tsitsipas and again got the decisive break. He eventually served out the set 6-4 and advanced to the Round of 16.